Thursday, March 01, 2007

A Weekend in Manila
20th of January 2007

Previous Part. Morning In Binondo 
Part 2. Lunch at Harbour Square

Written in: Poblacion, Sta. Maria, Bulacan, PHILIPPINES
Composition: Impromptu

Note: Yeah, ok. So I tend to spell Harbor with a bonus "U". I'm used to the English-Canadian way. Sometimes however, I slip and just go for the "Harbor" spelling. Forgive my inconsistencies

There were five of us: Cris - whom I met in Calgary as Ate Mireille's friend; Rose - Mireille's close friend; and Ate Yayi - Mireille's younger sister.

We had lunch at the Dencio's in Harbour Square on the reclaimed land of the CCP Complex. The food that Dencio's offers is mostly traditional Filipino cooking as presented for the international crowd. Good food. I would have enjoyed it more (and more of it) had I not been nursing a stricken stomach.

Anyway, let's talk about Harbour Square.

Prior to this, I only knew of the CCP complex for The Folks Arts Theatre; aside from the CCP (Cultural Centre of the Philippines) itself. Also, there was my childhood impression of the seawall as a smelly, dirty place. A place where the homeless hang out and where petty crimes almost always invariably happen. It was a place during the early to Mid 90's that Dad would have told me to avoid. But only after reminiscing how that place was much better "during his time" - much like his sentiments for the Philippines itself.

These days though, it is full of places where one can dine and hang out. You can take your pick from a wide variety of establishments; from the affordable to the ritzy. In any case, whatever you sample, you can enjoy this view.
Apparently, I was told that in recent years, there have been ongoing conscious efforts to make the Philippines a bit more tourist friendly - and the Baywalk and Harbour Square are just two examples of this.

What a great idea, I thought. Not to mention of it as being something that the Philippines so desperately needs, and DESERVE. Manila Bay, and
Manila's general location, gives it such tourism potential - it's just a shame that this country has not always been making use of these geographical blessings.

From Harbour Square we proceeded to the Baywalk - the seawall by Roxas Boulevard - to see a Manila Bay sunset.

Flickr Photoset.

See - Part III: A Manila Bay Sunset


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